Homemade salad dressings contain healthier and fresher ingredients. They also can save you a lot money.
Commercial dressings usually contain MSG or other preservatives, refined sweeteners, stabilizers, artificial flavors and colors.
Many store bought brands also use cheap oils, like canola and soybean that are anything but healthy.
These low-quality oils are stripped of their nutrients and are usually rancid.
A much better alternative is to make your own salad dressing using high quality ingredients like olive oil, raw vinegar, fresh herbs and rich yogurt.
Why You Should Have a Healthy Oil with Your Salad
The tradition of adding oil and vinegar to fresh vegetables is not just about taste, but about improving nutritional value.
Many people treat salad dressing as a necessary evil needed to make a salad edible.
A salad dressing should compliment fresh in season produce by bringing out the flavors in the plants and also making the nutrients more accesible.
Consuming a high-quality fat, like extra virgin olive oil, has proven health benefits.
Olive oil is a mono-unsaturated fatty acid and provides many health benefits, including protection against heart disease and cancer. It is a good source of oleic acid, vitamin E and numerous anti-oxidants.
Find a good cold-pressed unrefined Italian olive oil to use for all of your homemade salad dressings.
There are also many health benefits associated with raw apple cider vinegar. A good brand is Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.
There are many other suitable brands, but check the label to make sure they are raw.
It’s worth it to pay premium for a good olive oil and cider vinegar. They have excellent health benefits and value.
You can buy premium ingredients and still save money making your own dressing.
Healthy and Delicious Dressing Ingredients
- Unrefined extra virgin olive oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- Feta cheese, blue cheese or parmesan
- Fresh Herbs
- Sea salt
- Fresh groud pepper
* Healthy Tip: For an extra nutritional boost add about 2 tablespoons of unrefined flax seed oil to your dressing.
The Basics of Homemade Dressings
I’ve found that I usually don’t even need a recipe. I’ve invented all kinds of wonderful salad dressings just by experimenting, but the problem is if I don’t write it down it’s hard to recreate it.
You can reuse glass containers by disinfecting them with boiling water and using a funnel to pour in the homemade salad dressing. Sometimes I just put the ingredients directly into the bottle and then shake it up. Do what ever suits you.
One drawback to yogurt salad dressings is they will not last as long in your refrigerator as conventional salad dressing. I usually make dressings in small quantities and throw them out after a couple weeks.
A Basic Homemade Dressing
8 oz plain yogurt
1/4 cup unrefined extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon chives, dried
2 tablespoon dill, dried
2 tablespoon lemon juice
Mix it up and refrigerate.
For more homemade salad dressings including yogurt cucumber, creamy avocado and Italian check out: Yogurt Salad Dressing Recipes